Mercedes-Benz reveals new GLA

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Words: Nile Bijoux
12 Dec 2019

Mercedes has revealed the second-generation GLA, featuring some major changes.

It might look like an evolutionary update, with standard MB styling, but the GLA has been tweaked more than that. The physical dimensions of the car have been altered, with the new model 15mm shorter than the old, the wheelbase 28mm longer (now measuring 2728mm). The GLA has also grown 104mm to stand at 1610mm high.

The new dimensions mean rear passengers get more room for their elbows, shoulders and legs but headroom has decreased slightly. Front passengers get more elbow, shoulder, and headroom, but legroom has actually decreased. Expect full MBUX functionality as well.

Widened tracks at both ends give the new car added staunchness, accentuated by the redesigned wheel arches.

Mercedes isn’t talking about engines much but we can say that the base model will get a 1.3-litre petrol engine in the GLA 200 while the top-tier Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4Matic gets a 225kW/400Nm turbo-four connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. It can do the 0-100km/h sprint in around five seconds. Mercedes also revealed there is a plug-in hybrid version in the works.

We haven’t seen New Zealand-specific information just yet but Europe will get the new GLA next year.

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